5/20/11

TOS Review: Wordy Qwerty Online Edition

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I’ve said it before: the beauty of the Review Crew is finding some gem of a product.  I have to confess that I wasn’t really interested in reviewing this one.  I didn’t have any children in the target range (grades 2-4).  I knew that it was too advanced for Supergirl and that it was below Tailorbear.  But now I am so excited to tell you about Wordy Qwerty Online Edition from Talking Fingers because I really like this product! 

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Targeted for 2nd to 4th graders who have learned the basics of phonics and are ready to learn how to build words in English, Wordy Qwerty teaches 20 spelling rules in 20 fun-filled lessons.  You can download a detailed scope and sequence chart here.  The scope and sequence chart doesn’t just show which rule is taught, but also displays specific items covered in each activity of each lesson.

There are 6 game like activities for each lesson:

  • Pattern (Spelling Rule)—in this activity children sort words into two groups and look for a pattern.  From the pattern you can discover a spelling rule.  If you mistype or misspell, the “helping hands” will show and tell you the correct letter along with the proper finger position.

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  • Song--- After hearing a song about the spelling rule, students have a chance to try singing it themselves.
  • Recycler (Word Families)---In this game two spellings of a word are presented and you must choose which (or both) is correct.  For example one side will have ail and the other ale.  The recycler adds a beginning p so that you see pail and pale.  Both are real words so select Both.  (my favorite)

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  • Pop-A-Word (Outlaw Words)—Wordy Qwerty gives you a sentence or phrase and you must pop the balloons with the correctly spelled words in the correct order.  (Tailorbear’s Favorite)

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  • Write Stories (Type and Spell)--- Dictation in story format!  The student types from dictation the second part of each page of the story.
  • Read Stories (Fill-in-the-Blanks)—Students read a story and when they come to a missing word, they choose the appropriate word from a drop down list.

After completing the six activities, students are given a chance to spell the words from the first activity that fit the spelling rule.  You can take a product tour by clicking HERE.

So what did we think? Well, while having dinner, I asked my 12 year old daughter how Wordy Qwerty was going?  What did she think of it?  She replied that a child who didn’t really know how to read would be really frustrated because the words are hard but that it is a great spelling program.

Her older sister, age 15 1/2, spoke up and said “I never really got how you know when to use “g” or “j”.  I thought it was which ever way looked nicest, but now I know it’s like the hard and soft c.”   BooBear had simply been listening in to Tailorbear’s lesson and she was able to learn something! I was impressed that even my 10th grader could learn from this program.  I was even more impressed when I played around with it and learned a rule about “j”.  I learned that English words do not end in j, use dge instead of j. I knew how to spell all those words but I never knew why to spell them that way.  Boobear says that she wishes she’d had this program to use when she was learning how to spell.  I agree.  I wish I’d known about this program years ago.

I think Wordy Qwerty would be appropriate for 4-5th (and maybe even some 6th graders who need more spelling practice) to learn some helpful spelling tips.  I think Wordy Qwerty would be difficult and perhaps frustrating for a younger student who did not read well. I think a younger student who has successfully completed Read, Write, Type would do fine with this sequel.

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Though the Crew received Wordy Qwerty Online Edition, Wordy Qwerty is also available on CD.  All At Home product subscriptions are for five years.  Pricing starts at $25 for 1 user for Wordy Qwerty. To see all the pricing options click HERE.  For CD Products click HERE.  You can try a FREE demo online of lesson one and get  a chance to get 20% off!.  Click HERE

Earlier some TOS crewmates also reviewed Read, Write and Type from Talking Fingers.Com.  Click HERE to read those reviews.

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All information is correct and accurate as of the date of this review.

Disclaimer: As a TOS Crew member, I received this product free of charge to review. This review is my honest opinion with, hopefully, enough detail as to why I liked or did not like a product so that my readers can make an informed decision. I received no compensation.

Talking Fingers provided 2, one year licenses for the Wordy Qwerty online software program for review purposes.

2 comments:

  1. Great job! I love the quotes from your kiddos...

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  2. I'm sitting here with an "a-ha" moment about "g" and "j" myself. Thank you!

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